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News from the village of St.Mabyn in North Cornwall...

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

St Mabyn Pre-School

St Mabyn Pre-School is looking for a Pre-School Manager
Hours - Minimum of 22 hours per week
More details

Friday, May 24, 2013

Book Swap

Don't forget the monthly Book Swap this Saturday.
Opening Hours for Spring Bank Holiday:
Saturday 25th May - 7.30 am to 7.00 pm
Sunday 26th May - 9.00am to 12 Noon
BH Monday 27th May- 8.30am to 5.30 pm
Saturday 25th May - 8.30 am to 12.30 pm
Sunday 26th May - Closed
BH Monday 27th May- Closed

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Local hero

Two surf instructors Paddy Driscoll from St Mabyn and Luke Purser went to the rescue of a 71 year-old man after he had collapsed in the sea at Polzeath.

More details of rescue

ST MABYN Parish Council minutes April 2013

Minutes of the Meeting of St Mabyn Parish Council held on Tuesday, 2nd April 2013 at 7.45pm following the Annual Parish Meeting.
Present:  Cllrs.  A Finnamore (Chairman), Mrs A Bunney, Mrs C Bray, Mrs H Barrett, M Menhenitt. M Grigg, R Chadwick.
Also attending:  Mrs J Hoskin (Parish Clerk)

1.Public Session:  There were no members of the public present.

2.  Apologies for non attendance were received from Cllr N Embley (Vice Chairman), G Brindle,
D Masters ,J Rowe (Cornwall Council), PCSO Paynter (Police Neighbourhood Officer.

3.  Members Declaration of Interest:  None declared at this stage of the meeting.

4. Minutes:  The Minutes of the Meeting held on the 5th March 2013, as circulated, were confirmed and signed by the Chairman.

5.  Matters Arising:
Item 1 Public Session:  The Chairman had spoken to the police about the speed of traffic travelling through the village and consideration was being given to a community speed watch exercise.

Item 6 Planning Applications:  The Clerk notified the meeting that the Parish Councils responses to planning applications could now be viewed on the Cornwall Council website.

Item 12.2 Seat at “The Crescent”, St Mabyn:  It was noted that the seat had not been refurbished.

Item 12.5 Forthcoming Elections on 2nd May 2013:  Cllr Mrs H Barrett suggested that the Parish Council place a notice in the parish magazine or parish website advertising the forthcoming elections.  The Council having considered this request resolved that the notices supplied by the Cornwall Council be displayed on the parish notice boards, as usual, and that no advertising be published directly from the Parish Council.  

Item 13a) St Mabyn Memorial Hall:  Cllr M Grigg offered to speak with the young famers club following ongoing complaints about members parking when using the hall facilities.

6.  Planning Applications / Planning Matters:  There were no applications presented for consideration at this meeting.

Planning Decisions:
PA12/12041  Mr Peter Abbott, land west of Tregaddock House, Tregaddock Lane, St Mabyn – Outline application (with some matters reserved) for the erection of a 4 bedroom dwelling – Refused.

7.  Accounts / Financial Matters:  Councillors approved the cheque payments presented.  The finance report is issued as part 2 of these minutes.

Audit of Accounts for 2012/2013:  The clerk reported that the Audit for the year ended 31st March 2013 was being carried out on the 15th April 2013.

Non Domestic Rates for Public Toilets 2013/2014:  The Clerk presented the statement from Cornwall Council indicating that no charge would be made for the 2013/2014 year owing to the small business rate relief giving a 100% discount. 

Parish Council Membership of a support organisation:  The Council resolved to return as members of the Cornwall Association of Local Councils, having left and joined the Local Council Advisory Service for two years.  Councillors felt this local organisation with further benefit the needs of the Parish Council, its members and Clerk.

8.  CC Local Maintenance Project – Footpaths:   The Council agreed to remain in the partnership with Cornwall Council for the 2013/2014 maintenance year.

9.  Playing Field:  Cllr D Masters was unable to attend this meeting to present the recent playing field inspection reports.  Cllr R Chadwick agreed to inspect the field for the forthcoming month.
The Clerk notified the meeting that the ROSPA inspection would be carried out sometime in April 2013.

Having discussed vehicle parking outside the main entrance gate to the field, it was agreed that costs be obtained to purchase and install a metal tube to prevent parking, this replacing the existing barrier that was continually being damaged.

The Chairman had met with the residents of Bramble Cottage wishing to gain access into the field to trim their boundary hedge.

It was agreed that the shed be cleared of rubbish to allow room for the seats to be brought under cover for their repair and maintenance.

To consider options for vehicle parking for those using the playing field:  The Clerk was seeking legal advice on the conditions written in the deeds.

10.  Neighbourhood Plan – to consider the contents of the Core Strategy document and the advantages of creating a parish plan:  The final draft of the Cornwall Core Strategy document had now been received.
It was suggested that Sarah Sims (Cornwall Council Community Network Manager) along with Cornwall Cllr. Mr John Pollard and Ms Sarah Arden (Cornwall Council Planning) attend a future meeting of the Parish Council to discuss the aspects of a plan / development order.
The Clerk notified the Council that further training for parishes was to be organised by Cornwall Council after the May 2013 elections.
It was noted that Cllr Mrs H Barrett had spoken to various Cornwall Councillors and officers about housing and this had been done as an individual, having not been authorised to do so by the Parish Council.

11.  Correspondence:
At this point of the meeting Cllr Mrs Barrett commented on a letter from the Information Commissioners Office and referred to a suggested summons issued to the Parish Council in 2010 regarding the payment of rates for the public toilets.  Cllr Mrs Barrett was asked why she was raising this matter, which appeared to be a personal  attack on the Clerk as this had been discussed at three previous meetings and the Parish Council agreed to stand by their previous resolution, close this matter and take no further action.  The Clerk agreed to speak to the Chairman and seek clarification with the auditor.
All accounts had been audited and “signed off” up to an including the year ended 31st March 2012.

12.  To Agree / Discuss:
Cornwall Council Community Network Meeting:  Nothing to report.
To receive a report from the Staffing Committee on the Clerks annual review:  The appraisal had been completed by Cllrs. A Finnamore, M Mehenitt and D Masters (standing in for Cllr Mrs A Bunney).  The report was passed around at the meeting.
Forthcoming Elections on 2nd May 2013:  Discussed under item 5 of this meeting.

13.  Parish Matters / Any other Business:
a)  Watergate Lane, St Mabyn – Councillors noted the report of vehicles driving the wrong way along Watergate Lane and agreed to speak to any drivers identified.
b)  Parking – Vehicles regularly continued to park on the pavement outside the St Mabyn Inn.  The Chairman agreed to speak with the new owners of the public house to ask if signing could be improved to address this matter.
c)  Overgrown hedge –An overgrown hedge on a property in Station Road was identified.
d)  St Mabyn Memorial Hall – Cllr Mrs C Bray questioned why there was no heating in the hall for this evenings meeting. Councillors felt it was unacceptable to sit in cold conditions, but accepted this if there was a temporary problem with the heating system although they had not been notified.
e)  Highway Matters – Cllr M Menhenitt had contacted St Kew Parish Council to report the condition of the edge of the carriageway from Dinhams Bridge to the A39.

ST MABYN Parish Council minutes for March

Minutes of the Meeting of St Mabyn Parish Council held on Tuesday, 5th March 2013 in the
St Mabyn Memorial Hall at 7.30pm.

Present:  Cllrs. A Finnamore (Chairman), N Embley (Vice Chairman), Mrs A Bunney, Mrs H Barrett,
D Masters, G Brindle, Mrs C Bray, M Menhenitt, M Grigg.
Also attending:  Mrs J Hoskin (Parish Clerk)
                             48 members of the public

1.Public Session:   The Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting and announced that the public session would be extended until 8.15pm to allow everyone to address the council, if they so wished.
The majority had attended to express their views on Agenda Item 6 – Planning Application PA12/00423 for the erection of a wind turbine on land South West of Trethick Farm.  Mr Martin, the farmer applying through an agent for the turbine, was also present along with members of his work force.
The consensus of pubic feelings established that most people present objected to this application for reasons of visual impact, the proposed location, the effect on the school, and issues that may affect public health.
The Clerk had received copies of letters of objection and the Chairman stated that the comments had been noted but advised anyone wanting to make a comment either for or against the application to write directly to the planning department to enable the comment to be registered as an individual comment rather than have a reference made within the one response from the Parish Council.
The meeting requested a show of hands to gauge the feeling amongst those present as to whether or not people objected, supported or abstained.
Mr Martin explained his reasons for having a turbine to subsidise the energy costs for his farming business.

One parishioner suggested that the Parish Council should decide on suitable locations within the parish for renewable energy sites.

Another parishioner announced that a second public meeting was being held on Thursday, 7th March 2013 to discuss the options of having a community turbine.  This was independent to the Parish Council.

The Chairman stated that all planning applications received by the Parish Council were considered on their own merit regardless of their proposals.

A separate matter questioned an update from the Parish Council as to whether or not any progress had been made by the Parish Council about issues relating to the speed of traffic travelling through the village.  The Chairman stated that talks were being held with the police and the Parish Council were awaiting their recommendations on this matter.

               (The public session closed at 8.05pm and 43 members of the public left the meeting).

 Police:  A report from PCSO Lloyd Paynter was read by the Clerk.  A new Inspector had recently joined the police covering the Bodmin and Wadebridge areas, and a temporary additional member of staff had been placed onto the Bodmin Rural Neighbourhood Team.
Recent reported crimes consisted of an assault following a road related incident, a drink drive offence and the theft of a camera from a property at Longstone.
Planning for a rural “Farm Watch” scheme was still ongoing and it was hoped to launch the scheme at the end of April 2013.

Cornwall Council:  No report received.

2.  Apologies for non attendance were received from Cllrs. R Chadwick, J Rowe (Cornwall Council) and PCSO Paynter (Police).

3.  Members Declaration of Interest:  Cllr M Menhentt declared an interest on Agenda Item 6 – Planning Application PA13/00802.

4.  Minutes:  The Minutes of the Meeting held on the 5th February 2013, as circulated, were confirmed and signed by the Chairman.

5. Matters Arising:
Item 8 CC Local Maintenance Project – Footpaths:  The clerk had obtained “dog fouling” notices and these had been put up around the village by Cllr M Menhenitt.
Item 10 Neighbourhood Planning event – Cllr Mrs H Barrett stated that she would have endeavoured to attend this event had she known of the date and venue.  Cllr Mrs H Barrett was unable to attend the previous meeting.
Item 12 Community Network Meeting – The Clerk and Cllr Mrs A Bunney responded to Cllr Mrs H Barrett’s question that information from the Community Network was available should any councilor wish to see it.

6.  Planning Applications / Planning Matters:
PA13/00423  Mr Paul Millinder, Clean Tech Investments Ltd, land south west of Trethick Farm,
St Mabyn – Siting of one 50m high wind turbine, 77m to blade tip with three blades and a rotor diameter of 54m, temporary access track, compact transformer housing and associated works.
The Clerk notified the Council of the copies of letters of objection received and circulated passed around for councilor to read.  Councillors were made aware of the objection by Egloshayle Parish Council.
The Parish Council object to this application for the following reasons:- - the location is considered to be inappropriate - the visual impact a turbine of this size will have on the local area - this development would be detrimental to the surrounding designated area of historical interest - the size of the turbine is out of scale and character with the rural agricultural LCA33 - the AM nosie disturbance to young children in St Mabyn School and Pre-School which is within 600 meters - the cumulative effect this would have on the local community.

PA13/00802  Henrietta McLachlan, Parkside, Station Road, St Mabyn –
Removal of existing pitched and flat roofs, construction of replacement pitched roof with extended flat roof, conversion of existing roof storage into habitable accommodation.  Support.
Cllr M Menhenitt declared an interest and abstained for this application.

Planning Decisions:
PA12/11630 Mr Nick Boyle, Tredethy Farm, Helland – Removal of condition 5 (fence planting) attached to decision notice PA11/09778 (installation of a solar photovoltaic array and associated equipment with a maximum height of 2.6m and a maximum installed capacity of 50kw) – Approved.
Planning Matters:
PA12/10847  Mrs B Gillespie, rear of Village Hall, Wadebridge Road, St Mabyn –
Change of use from agricultural land to pre-school play area.  The Clerk had received information from the Village Hall Committee stating that further information was required from the pre-school to address issues relating to back wall, access and drainage and their thoughts on whether or not the play area could be re-sited away from the neighbouring property.

7.  Accounts / Financial Matters:  Councilors approved the cheque payments presented.  The finance report is issued as Part 2 of these minutes.

8.  CC Local Maintenance Project 2012/2013:  Nothing to report.

9.  Playing Field:  Inspection reports were presented by Cllr D Masters who offered to continue the inspections for the forthcoming month.  The timbers on the swing bridge between the two towers were deteriorating .  Repairs to the tyre swing were to be completed along with other maintenance work to be carried out by the Councils working party once the weather improved.
The Clerk agreed to obtain legal advice on aspects of the legal agreement for the field in relation to car parking and would obtain this information with minimal costs to the Parish Council.

 10.  Neighbourhood Plan – to consider the contents of the Cornwall Core Strategy document, once received, and the advantages of creating a parish plan.  The Clerk reported that the final draft of the Core Strategy document had been completed and Cornwall Council would be circulating this to Parish Councils within the next few weeks.  Agreed to await to establish the information contained in this document.
Cllr G Brindle was to attend a Neighbourhood Planning Event on Friday, 8th March 2013.

11.  Correspondence:  The correspondence file was circulated.
Town & Parish Council Newsletter – March 2013 (to be copied to Cllrs Mrs H Barrett and Mrs A Bunney)
South West Water – “:What’s in the pipeline 2015-2040”
Cornwall Council – Email confirming reason for road closure at Trethick Farm (private duct installation works).
Cornwall Council – Seeking the appointment of Town and Parish Council representatives and lay members for the Cornwall Council’s Standards Committee.
Clerks & Councils Direct magazine.
EDF Energy – Notification of tariff price changes
Cornish Mutual – Information on the Community South West grant available for one community in the region.
Fields in Trust – “Have a field day” a community event

12.  To Agree / Discuss:
Cornwall Council Community Network Meeting – Nothing to report, no recent meetings held.
To consider refurbishing the seat on “The Cresent” donated in the 1960’s by the W.I.-The council was notified that a local resident had refurbished the seat.  The Council agreed to take on this responsibility along with the maintenance of other parish seats in the future.
To arrange a date for the Clerks annual review (Staffing Committee)  The committee agreed to arrange a date in March 2013 for this review.
Renewing the cleaning contract for 2013/2014 for the public toilets/bus shelter – Agreed to offer this contract to the current contractor, Ms McNary.
Forthcoming Elections on 2nd May 2013 (Cllr Mrs H Barrett)  Item deferred, Cllr Mrs H Barrett was unable to attend this meeting.  The Clerk reported that nomination forms would be automatically issued to existing councilors and notices advertising the elections would be published on the notice boards.
13.  Parish Matters / Any other Business:
a)  St Mabyn Memorial Hall – It was noted that vehicle parking for those using the hall, in particular the Young Farmers Club, caused disturbance to local neighbouring residents.

14.  Date of next Meeting:  Tuesday, 2nd April 2013 (Annual Parish & Parish Council).

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Janie McDonald

Meet local St Mabyn artist Janie McDonald who will be exhibiting and working at The Shire Hall Gallery, Bodmin 25 May - 15 June

Friday, May 17, 2013

St Mabyn village 1984

Photos were taken by Richard Danielson

St Mabyn Inn 1986 (Steve Hatton's photographs)

It's a beautiful day...

Thursday, May 16, 2013

A30 dualling

Cornwall Council has developed proposals to dual the single carriageway section of the A30 being made into two lanes in both directions between Temple and Higher Carblake.
There is a clever virtual drive here so you see what is being planned.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Start collecting clothes!

Bag2school collection, June 10: Every year the fundraising group for St Mabyn School, the St Mabyn HSA, organises a collection of second hand clothes as a fundraiser. 
Bag2School collects good quality second hand adults’ and children’s clothing, sheets, blankets, curtains, soft toys, pairs of shoes, belts, and handbags – all must be in good clean condition. The HSA is then paid for them – right now we are fundraising for outdoor play equipment. 
The collection is on June 10, which is a Monday, but they usually come first thing in the morning – therefore we would like to invite anyone with second hand soft goods to bring them to St Mabyn School on Friday, June 7 any time between 8.30am and about 4pm. Thank you!

Saturday, May 11, 2013


Preparations for the 2013 St Mabyn Villlage Festival are well under way.  There will be many events for you to enjoy over the the four days.   Exhibition of local craft in St Mabyn Church, Four evenings of entertainment including Johnny Cowling.  Punch and Judy Show plus a magician on the Saturday afternoon with barbecue.   Also for your taste buds American Breakfast will be served for your delight on Saturday in the hall.  If that is not enough delicious Cream Teas in the Church over the weekend. 
A Scarecrow Competition will be held.  Everyone is welcome to join in and make a scarecrow and display it in your garden.  There will be a prize for the best three.  So, put your thinking caps on and have some fun thinking up ideas.  I am sure your youngsters will think of some super ideas!
These are just a few of the delights that await you. Look out for the Festival posters and leaflets.  For more details and booking concerts please contact Angie Bunney 01208 841511.

St Mabyn Festival Quiz

Come and have a fun Quiz Night at St Mabyn Village Hall on Saturday 18 May at 7.30pm Proceeds towards St Mabyn Festival to be held in August.
 £3 per person, teams of up to six.

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Haywood Farm Cider

You may have seen the new signs pointing to Haywood Farm Cider, anyone who is interested is invited to pop down for a free sample of the cider and see what Tom is up too! There are plans afoot to organise an orchard tour and bbq/tasting for interested parties at some point in the summer too.

Saturday, May 04, 2013

Quiz night

There is a quiz being held in the village hall on the 18th.  7 for 7.30 start, entry is £3.00. Proceeds from the night will go towards raising funds for the village festival 15-19th August, where a full programme of events is well underway being planned.

Teams of up to 6 can enter on the night, it promises to be a good fun quiz.

Further information from Angela Bunny 01208 841511.

Friday, May 03, 2013

Local election results

Congratulations to Jeremy  who won the local election with 53% of the vote.
Total votes cast 1127 out of an electorate of 3428 with 20 spoilt papers.

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